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Lil Wayne’s 2008-2009 Tour Was The Most Lucrative In Rap History

September 9, 2009

Written By: Victoria H. (Urban Editor)

Lil Wayne’s 2008-2009 North America tour grossed approximately $42 million and drew around 804,000 concertgoers.

Lil Wayne’s I Am Music Tour (Dec. 14, 2008-Jan. 28, 2009) had guest artists Keyshia Cole, T-Pain, Gym Class Heroes and Keri Hilson. Wayne’s America’s Most Wanted Music Festival (July 27-September 6, 2009) had Young Jeezy, Drake (who only appeared at three shows due to an injury), Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, Jeremih and Pleasure P.

Lil Wayne’s tour producer and tour business manager Shawn Gee said, “It’s definitely one of the biggest in the last couple of years; our plan was to prove that Wayne was a viable headlining arena artist. We strategically put the I Am Music package together to make sure that all segments of Wayne’s fanbase would be interested in one, if not, all of the opening acts. We had T-Pain as an opening act, who’s had hits over all formats of radio; we had Keyshia Cole, who is more of an urban-leaning female; and we had Gym Class Heroes, which is more alternative.”

The list of the highest-grossing rap tours are:

1. Lil Wayne (2008-2009) at $42 Million
2. Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige (2008) at $34.6 Million
3. Kanye West’s (2008 Glow In The Dark Tour) at $30.8 Million
4. Eminem/50 Cent- Anger Management (2005) at $22.7 Million

America’s Most Wanted: Show Review

August 16, 2009

Written By: Victoria H.
(Urban Editor)

On Thursday, America’s Most Wanted (Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, Young Jeezy, and the true highlight and headliner, Lil’ Wayne) rolled into the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles to perform to a sold out crowd.

Soulja Boy started off the night and performed his hits, “Crank That” and “Ya, Trick Ya!” Soulja’s performance was hyper and energetic as he moved, jumped and danced all over the stage.

Young Jeezy definitely put on for the city (no pun intended), performing “Put On,” “Love In This Club” and other hits off “Thug Motavation.” Jeezy also promoted his up-coming album “TP103” – coming out soon.

Around 10:20 PM, the lights went down. You could feel the surge of energy exploding as the crowd anticipated Lil Wayne’s entrance. The shouts of “Wayne, Wayne” made it feel like the crowd was welcoming a king, Hip-Hop royalty if you will.

With a flash of light and fire, Lil Wayne rushed the stage, opening with “Carter III” anthem, “A Milli.” When Wayne said he’s “I’m sick, I’m ill”, there was no one who disagreed.

“I believe in three things…” Wayne told the crowd just after he performed “A Milli.” “One,” he said, “I believe in God. Two. I’m shit without you, my fans, and three. I’m shit without you!” The crowd roared in approval. Wayne also took time to show respect to the great rappers who came before him…he asked the crowd to put one finger in the air for Biggie…two fingers for Pac…three fingers for Jay-Z and four for himself.

Lil Wayne was on point the whole set; performing “Prom Queen” on guitar, “Lollipop,” his verse of “Swagga Like Us,” “Shoot Me Down,” “Mrs. Officer,” “Kush” and “Tie Me Down,” just to name a few. Wayne also shared the stage with Birdman and gave the spotlight to the up-and-coming artists on his Young Money label.

Lil Wayne is a rock star…and this show was probably the one of the best shows I have seen in a long time.